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Missouri Airmen to build school in Dominican Republic

3:59 PM, Sep 12, 2013   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Missouri Air National Guard members from St. Louis will build a school while conducting training exercises in the Caribbean next summer.

The 231st Civil Engineer Flight group will deploy to the Dominic Republic in April 2014 alongside their Army engineer counterparts as part of the "Beyond the Horizon" exercise.

According to Lt. Col. Efrem Rivers, a Missouri National Guard spokesman, the exercise will serve two purposes: honing the Airmen's engineer skills and improving life for the people in the region.

Rivers said the engineers' mission is to build a two-room school.

The exercise will include active duty, reserve, and National Guard members from both the Air Force and the Army.

In previous years, the 231st Civil Engineer Flight group has participated in Beyond the Horizon missions to Belize (2013), Peru (2012) and Suriname (2011).

In addition to building infrastructure, repairing runways, and surveying undeveloped land, the 231st has one of three teams in the Air National Guard that provides backfilling support. The group's job is to fill full-time positions down range and provide critical support for other deployed engineers.

NewsChannel 5 intern Tanica Russell contributed to this report.

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